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    Great Little Otis

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 02/10/2018

    » Otis Rush, the legendary blues guitarist, singer and bandleader, died last week, following a long illness. He was 84 years old. Not as well-known as Chicago blues legends like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Howling Wolf, he was, nonetheless, a major player in the development of the Chicago "West Side Sound" and his unique, guitar style influenced rock musicians like Mike Bloomfield, Duane Allman, Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton.

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    Her soul is immortal

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 21/08/2018

    » Singer, composer, social activist and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin died last week. She was 76 years old. I was spinning vinyl last week at a DJ night when the news filtered through. I didn't have any of her music with me but nonetheless let everyone know that one of the greats had gone; cue to clubbers quickly searching on their smart phones for news on the First Lady of Soul.

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    James Bond in Thailand

    Life, Published on 24/10/2017

    » The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) will present the very best from the venerable James Bond song book during the "Music From James Bond Movies 007" concert at Thailand Cultural Centre's Main Hall, Ratchadaphisek Road, on Nov 4 starting at 8pm.

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    Sounds of the Hmong

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 18/04/2017

    » Chiang Mai archivist and musician Victoria Vorreiter published a book on tribal music, Songs Of Memory: Traditional Music Of The Golden Triangle, in 2009. Since then she has been busy travelling, researching and recording music from the tribal peoples of the mountains, and for the past six years her focus has been on Hmong music, mainly from tribal groups living in Thailand and Laos.

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    It came from the swamp

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 04/04/2017

    » New Orleans, as the crucible of jazz, has a unique musical heritage. The Big Easy, as the port city is often called, has always been a melting pot of cultures. Here Spanish and French colonists mixed with French Acadians, Irish workers, other Europeans and Native Americans to produce a musical culture that has been a seminal element in the development of popular American music.

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    In tune with the times

    Brunch, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 08/07/2018

    » For over 30 years, Pongsit Kampee has been telling stories about people, their struggles, grievances, and of love lost. To say that he is Thailand's Bob Dylan may be a bit of an overstatement, but he's one of the few we have who may merit that comparison.

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    Tremendous trombone

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 30/01/2018

    » 'Never look directly at a trombone player," said the great composer Richard Strauss. "It only encourages them." Then again, the German composer was hardly being honest about an instrument which Felix Mendelssohn called "the most sacred and noble instrument in the orchestra".

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    Valentina Lisitsa's outspoken words, outgoing music

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 12/12/2017

    » Wonderful news for music lovers who hate Tchaikovsky symphonies. On Friday, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) will be performing a Tchaikovsky symphony.

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    Heartbeats with piano tweaks

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 10/08/2017

    » The first sounds heard even before your entrance into the world are your mother's hypnotic heartbeat. It's generally believed that it is a sound critical for the development of a foetus -- a biological and emotional connection unlike any other.

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    The grooves of Cameroon

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 01/08/2017

    » When it comes to popular African music from Central Africa, the DR Congo is most often considered as the most important in the region for developing many of the dance crazes that swept the continent and made waves on international stages; think of Congolese rhumba or any of the dances that followed, from soukous to ndambolo. But what about some of the other countries in the region?

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